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School of Social Work

Why Social Work at Southern?

Southern’s social work program prepares students to be local and global leaders in providing services to individuals, families, and communities.

Students are introduced to the latest in concepts, theories, and field experiences, all within the context of a Christ-centered environment. They are able to implement the knowledge gained in the classroom during assigned field practicums.

Our 4+1 program (4 years BSW, 1 year MSW) allows students the opportunity to complete both degrees in just 5 years.

Faculty members have extensive experience in social work practice and continue to develop research and ministry projects.

Proximity to Chattanooga's urban environment provides a variety of practicum and internship partners.

Students may work with faculty and staff on formal collaborations with the local government.

Southern’s social work programs at both the bachelor's and master's levels are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The high curriculum standard required to achieve CSWE accreditation thoroughly prepares undergraduate students for graduate studies.

Beyond the Classroom

Academic programs are complemented with practical learning experiences in the community and beyond.

Study Tours

Study tour destinations include Europe and New York City. A Washington, D.C. Policy Tour is part of senior-year requirements for BSW majors.

Mu Chi

Mu Chi is Southern’s chapter of Phi Alpha, the national honor society for social work students.

Social Work Club

The Social Work Club provides student leadership opportunities in organizing service, social, and professional activities.

Professors

LAURA RACOVITA, PHD, MSW

Dean

ANNETTE HECK, DSW, LCSW

Professor, BSW Program Director

LORRI MERCHANT, PHD, LCSW

Professor, MSW Program Director

CORNELIU RUSU, PHD

Professor

KRISTIE WILDER, JD, LMSW

Professor

NINA NELSON, PHD, MSW

Associate Professor

EVIE NOGALES BAKER, MSSW, LCSW

Associate Professor

LUNELLE BERTRESSE, MSW

Assistant Professor, Director of Field Education

STEPHANIE GUSTER, LCSW, MSW

Associate Professor, Senior Adviser for Diversity

Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation (COA) of the Council on Social Work Education at its 2018 meeting voted reaffirmation of the accreditation to Southern Adventist University’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Accreditation is granted from 2017-2025 per CSWE.

Alumni Voices

Lauren Souza and Tekoa Penrose discuss how Southern prepared them for fulfilling careers in Social Work. They describe the many opportunities they have to share Christ's love through their actions on behalf of those most in need.

Contact

Office

423.236.2768

MSW Office

423.236.2629

School of Social Work PO Box 370
Collegedale, TN 37315

Start your Social Work career with us.